The BBC's popular iPlayer service, which enables viewers and listeners to replay content up to seven days after broadcast, will not be coming to the Xbox 360 in the near future. The reason, Microsoft's charging policy.
Speaking to the Daily Telegraph
, an unnamed BBC source commented, "Microsoft only wants to offer its users access to platforms it can charge for as this is the model it is pursuing. It wants to ensure that only those paying for Xbox Live Gold accounts can access its additional content services and even then there is usually a charge on top to get access to those...
"This does not fit with the BBC’s model and Microsoft will not budge at the moment. It is really frustrating for those involved on the BBC side who want to make sure iPlayer is rolled out on as many popular entertainment platforms as possible."
The Xbox 360 currently runs Mr Rupert Murdoch's Skyplayer among other non-game services.